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Dharivall Ref. Sheet 2.0 by Night-Anders Dharivall Ref. Sheet 2.0 by Night-Anders
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Finally! After months of hard work, Dharivall can get rid of that awful stupid old ref. sheet of his!

I must say, I'm really, really happy with this new one. For about the last 6 months I've been working on my dragon species, the khaleasmern, and therefore also developing a better, brand new design for Dharivall. I'd say that 95% of his design has been modified. I did my best to write down the basic info on this sheet, but I still feel the need of explaining a few very important details about his new form and also some info regarding his species so you can understand the design better. I haven't just thrown a new design on him, everything on Dharivall was planned and has an explanation for being there.

First of all, there's an eye illustrated on the sheet called "Aurasight" that wasn't explained. Well, Aurasight is a power Dharivall has(I plan on drawing another sheet for his powers and curse markings later), it makes him able to see people's auras and, when this ability is used, the sclera of his eyes becomes pitch black while the rims of his irises glow a bright blue. The rest of the irises, though, reflects a starry night sky/universe. That's the only power that fully changes his eyes, since when he uses any other power of his, the only change that happens is that the symbol of his curse appears in his pupils and glows to the point of engulfing the whole eye in blue light.

Ah, and another important detail: Dharivall is still a mammalian.

Oh, Lilian, but this is impossible! Dragons cannot be mammalians!

That's the point. Dharivall is not a dragon. Khaleasmerns are actually just a mammalian species that, in their evolution, developed dragon-like features. In my imaginary world, they even belong to an order called Nondraconis, an order that gathers all the mammalians that resemble dragons. This is basically the same thing that happens to the hyenas... most people nowadays think that hyenas are canines when this is not true at all. Hyenas have their own family and are actually more related to the felines and only developed canine features as adaptation to the envyronment.

In my world, calling a khaleasmern "dragon" is more like a popular expression due to their apperance. So I don't mind calling Dharivall that.

Another thing that people have inquired about to me a lot as I worked on his design are his secondary wings. I must admit, the old design for them made no sense, but I still loved the fact Dharivall had four wings and wanted to keep that characteristic on his new version and make it be realistic and logical. Now their new shape is a lot better and does make sense. The khaleasmerns live in a range of mountains that are known, in my world, as Wind Mountains. Like the name says, they are surrounded by extremely strong wind currents that make it hard for any flying creature to pass through. This dragon species, though, had some of their caudal vertebrae spines modified into a primitive arm-like structures. The secondary wings help them steer and keep a more stable flight amongst those winds, and also, by rotating the wing arm backwards and making the membrane face the wind, like a sail, these dragons can brake in midflight or even hover backwards.

The new colourful patterns on Dharivall's secondary wings are another characteristic of the species. All the males have that wing membrane covered with colourful markings that vary from dragon to dragon, like a fingerprint. They use the bright colours to attract females and to express irritation. In Dharivall's case it's... just to express irritation and to kill the hands of anybody who tries to draw them ^^'.

And lastly, as the sheet says, Dharivall's body is now covered in fur, even the wing membranes. I thought this would be suitable given the cold environment the khaleasmerns live at plus the fact that they are mammalians, besides, fluffy Dharivall is fluffy XD. I just wish I could have a plushie of him.

Well, this is all... I've planned far more characteristics and details about the species and I'm even willing to draw some info sheets for them once everything is settled up. I also want to work on at least another sheet for Dharivall since he is quite a complex character, requiring a reference for his powers, curse markings and maybe even more details about the secondary wings' movements... it'll be a lot of work, but seeing this guy becoming more and more realistic will be worth all the trouble XD.

Also, the girl silhouette right in front of Dharivall is Ellayas again, hehe.

Dharivall/Khaleasmern species (c) :iconnight-anders:

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:iconsezaii:
Sezaii Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those underwings are just stunning D: They make my vision go all blurry they are so bright :la:
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you ^^.
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HollowedAngel Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
he changed so much o3o ...but so pretty<3
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks XD.
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HollowedAngel Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
love that wing span xD by the way, does he still have his old curse marks?
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, I just have to redesign them... they are going to be more complicated than ever this time XD.
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HollowedAngel Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
WUUUTTTTT ;A; Your....your insane ;-; how would you even.....
Your condemning to hell whoever you ask to reproduce such a design D"8
I have a feeling you know that too ono"
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, I can't help it XD. But those markings are always optional, since they only appear on his coat at certain situation... so I'm not THAT mean ;3.
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HollowedAngel Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Hmmmm...fair point. But I was thinking of doing fan arts...and if I see his epic markings, may just try and force myself to do them >3>" So...you'll be cruel to me...I can't resist beautiful intricate stuff ;A;</33
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Heh, nice to see somebody likes the chalenge... specially with his new butterfly marks.

I really need to work on his other sheets, but I'm still unsure if I should use these very same lines for his curse markings/rage mode(his coat darkens drastically when this happens). So it might take a while for me to post the ref. for those.
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nathow111 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, the giant panda is a bear.
Wikipedia says:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae <---- Bear
Genus: Ailuropoda
Species: A. melanoleuca


So saying panda bear is completely correct, but you are right about the red panda not being a bear.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Infraorder: Arctoidea
Superfamily: Musteloidea
Family: Ailuridae <---Not bear
Genus: Ailurus
Species: A. fulgens

Technicalities aside, this is a good looking reference sheet. By the description I can tell this is one of those characters who's gone through a lot of thought and change over time.

I like it, although I think you should try to show that he has fur. As is he doesn't look like he's fluffy, there's no representation of fur at all in the drawing, unless you're aiming for sleek, smooth fur like a horse's.
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, just now I saw you're right. I had seen many times this discussion about them being bears or not and I must have confused it, thanks for pointing that out ^^'.

I didn't show his fur clearly because, besides the fact the profile lineart didn't look very well with it, his fur can't be very well seen from a distance. I only added fur to his headshot because it was close-up of his face.
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nathow111 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmmmm, I see. So his fur is more like a horses in the way that definitely there but less visible.
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Sort of.

His fur is much longer than a horse's, but it doesn't puff out. It instead curves against his body, creating a more silky texture, and the base of each hair is slightly hardened in that angle. Also, the khaleasmerns' arrector pili muscle, when not contracted, keeps the hairs angled like that. He does become super fluffy when he is irritated or trying to intimidate an enemy, though, since he raises his fur drastically.

I kinda based this characteristic of his pelt off on a cat of mine, she has very long fur and yet doesn't really look fluffy at all, she is very sleek and silky instead because the hairs are always very lowered against her body. I had decided not to draw that on the profile linearts because I wanted to show that his pelt really isn't very noticeable from a distance.
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nathow111 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooooh, I seeeeeeee. Thanks for describing that to me. I have a much better understanding now. :D
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Hehe, no problem, I kinda enjoy talking about this stuff ^^.
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pachoofoosh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing! The markings on his secondary wings look awesome, very creative! :D
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks ^^.
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Cougar28 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I wanna hug the crap out of him, but he'd probably eat me XD
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Nah, he'd never eat such a thing XD. Hehe.
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Cougar28 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Psssshhhhh
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap! This turned out even better than I anticipated if that's even possible. Amazing, amazing job Lil!! Very thorough and well planned out. It's... just wow! :love:
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, Wild! At least the suffering was worth it XD.
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, absolutely <33333 This is like one of the best thought out species I've seen!
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! I really need to make a ref for my dragon
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Hehe, you should give dragon anatomy a try XD.
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to but I don't know much about dragon anatomy :(
I don't want my dragon to look stupid
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
It's not a seven headed monster, but I'm sure you can draw a nice dragon ^^.
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll give it go
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Alley96 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Dharivall looks amazing Lilian! <3
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks ^^!
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Missmacy2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This looks amazing Night!
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks ^^.
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ChasingDreams4 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dharivall looks so amazing Lilian ;-;
Wow, I can't explain how epic this is.
*is speechless*
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, thank you, Chase :3.
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sayna-jaye Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Digital Artist
You, madam, have the patience of a saint with those wings! I am intrigued by your explaination of the species and am looking forward to reading more about them. :3
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Patience? Maybe self-control so I don't go and throw my tablet out of the window in the middle of the process XD.

But yeah, I want Dharivall and that species to actually sound "possible", so I've been planning every detail about them to make these dragons be realistic. I'm even willing to plan up the genetics(I love to suffer, I think -.-).
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sayna-jaye Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Haha truly a woman of many virtues! XP

I think that's the most fun about designing a species is trying to find a happy balance between the biology and the aesthetics. c:
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PuddingWaffles Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my word! His new design is fantastic Lilian, I love it! <3 The info on his species is quite interesting to read, as well. And I agree, it will be really neat to see his species and character come to life! I wish you luck on getting your thoughts down on paper/on screen -- it can be frustrating, but also fun!
Wonderful job!
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, Waffles. It will take a while for that to happen, but when it does, I hope I survive -.-'.

And now you know what I meant when I told you his design had changed XD. Hehe.
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PuddingWaffles Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
xD

Haha, no kidding! His design has greatly improved though. ^^
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome amazing wonderful handsome job! :3
i love him!
so glad you finished!
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, Agua :3. Now both our dragons have ref. sheets, finally! XD
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! yours puts mine to shame! lol
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Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Agua is a rather simple girl, she doesn't need a super detailed ref. sheet. Dharivall in other hand loves to complicate stuff, he even needs more sheets XD! I envy you for not having to suffer too much with your ref., haha.
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha thanks XD
more the merrier!
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Svelta Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I really like the pop of color from that secondary wing!
Very beautiful character!
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you ^^.
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UPB Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh he's very handsome all done up and sparkly new!
I love those chin spikes xD
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:iconnight-anders:
Night-Anders Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks XD, hehe, the chin spikes are his charm.
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